I know that it might seem a little crazy to combine football and movie genre’s together, but what the heck. I’m going to do it anyways! And just maybe you, the reader, will agree with me after considering my reasoning and thought process.
Every year movie theaters showcase a ton of bad horror films and they’re never awarded best film of the year. The 2011 NFL season brought us an abundance of teams I would certainly place in the horror genre. I have to consider the majority of the teams that didn’t make it to playoffs to be labeled under horror, for the simple fact that they were “HORROR”ble. These teams would include: The Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets.
Now all of these teams were horrible for obvious reasons, but there are a few I want to point out.
The Indianapolis Colts: We all know that the QB is the most important position on a team, but how can a team go from a ever year playoff club to only having two wins after losing Peyton Manning for a season? I know the name Peyton Manning means so much more than just quarterback, but I didn’t think it meant, “carries team by himself“. Maybe that’s why he needed so many neck surgeries? Bottom line is the Colts minus Manning equals “HORROR”ble.
The Carolina Panthers: Everyone knows about the outstanding year Cam Newton had. He was one of the most exiting players to watch. To me, it seemed like he played more for himself than the team. I know that breaking NFL records is exciting, but acting like you’re Clark Kent in a phone booth while your team is losing seems a little immature. I can understand that he is young and excited but he will need to grow out of it if he plans to reach true professionalism.
The Dallas Cowboys: Wow, where do I began? For the second year in a row the Dallas Cowboys didn’t make it to the Playoffs. They have the talent to be excellent playoff contenders but after blowing at least 4 games they should have won, falling short of the post season was inevitable. Tony Romo was wonderful with the exception of a game or two, but Rob Ryan’s complex schemes seemed to fall apart in the fourth quarter. Demarcus Ware was Demarcus Ware like usual, but Jason Garrett’s green coaching experience led to freezing his own kicker. The team had a lot of high points and hopefully the lows can be written off as a lesson well learned.
The Philadelphia Eagles: After the lockout buzz calmed down, the biggest story in the NFL was Michael Vick’s contract, and the Vince Young/Nnamdi Asomugha signings which turned the Eagles into the Dream Team. The team looked great at times but they didn’t come together like most thought they would. The Eagles went from Super Bowl dreaming to me comparing them to bad horror films. All the Eagles can ask for is to wake up out of the nightmare they created themselves by the 2012 season.
The next category in my football/movie genre would be comedies. This category mainly consist of teams that made it to the playoffs, with the exception of a few. I call them comedies because they joked themselves in the idea that they were Super Bowl contenders only to leave us laughing out loud in the end. These teams would be: The Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, and the Green Bay Packers.
Obviously these teams have multiple reasons to give anybody the urge to laugh out loud but I’d like to point a few of these laughs.
The Tennessee Titans: The Titans didn’t make the playoffs but I cant help but laugh to myself that they had to use two QB’s on there roster and still finished with a 9-7 record only to watch the 8-8 Broncos enter the post season.
The Denver Broncos: The Tim Tebow believers were all over the place. And he made a believer out of almost everyone. I don’t know why everyone had so much faith in a QB that only completed 46% of his passes. The way Tebow carries himself is something that shouldn’t go unnoticed, but his talent as a QB is highly overrated. The Broncos organization supported Tebow fully, all the way until the moment Peyton Manning was up for auction. (LOL)
The Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals where led by a rookie QB in Andy Dalton whom proved he has fantastic skills. He didn’t have solid success in the post season but this rookie’s play during the regular season indicates he has a bright future ahead. Another fun fact about Dalton is that when he takes off his helmet his hair color matches his uniform perfectly. (I don’t care who you are that’s funny right there)
The Houston Texans: The Texans had no problem making the playoffs and getting the teams first post season appearance and victory. Arian Foster had a great year and T.J. Yates made a big impression on fans after the performances the NO.3 QB left on the field. But in the end, the Texans had to play the Ravens. Bottom line: Houston had a problem.
The Baltimore Ravens: I think anybody can agree that a QB with a Fu Manchu, and a kicker that can’t make a chip shot field goal in the clutch has comedy wrote all over it.
The San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers had a dominant team. The offensive line was solid, the defense was stingy, and the running game was powerful. In the end, you’re only as strong as your weakest link. And that link was Kyle Williams. Or maybe it was Alex Smith’s mediocre talent as a passer? Guess it depends on how you look at it. Or at least how the 49ers organization look at it. Didn’t they just try to go all out for Peyton Manning?
The Green Bay Packers: They win comedy of the year for the outstanding performance that led up to their collapse at home as heavy favorites. The bad thing about comedy of the year is it usually reminds you of past comedies that were big hits. ‘09 Colts and ‘07 Patriots anyone?
Every year a great love story is released to the world which has the majority of viewers reaching for the tissues. I cant help but compare those to The New England Patriots. Any time a team loses the Super Bowl, it’s like a great love story with a dramatic death at the end. Unfortunately not only did the Patriots lose the Super Bowl, but they suffered a death at the beginning of the First Lady of the Patriots, Mrs. Myra Kraft. The New England Patriots dedicated the season in honor of her. In his time of grieving Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots and husband to Myra, seemed like he deserved the Super Bowl more than anyone. But fate wouldn’t have it that way.
And the last category would have to be fantasy. In the middle of the 2011 season, the New York Giants had fantasies of winning the Super Bowl but in all actuality seemed very doubtful. They had a decent start to the season but then hit a slope that most thought they couldn’t recover from. Some how they did and got on a hot streak like nobody would have thought possible. The Giants overcame all obstacles. By no means were they the most talented team, but they had more will to win. By willing themselves into a world champion team, they seem like a fantasy story that only someone in Hollywood could create.
Now with the moves made so far in free agency, I feel that the Dallas Cowboys have improved the team in some very important areas. With the draft still ahead, I don’t see them creating another horror season. The Dallas Cowboys are making the right moves and I believe they will be a high caliber playoff team. Jason Garrett and Rob Ryan wont allow another breakdown season. If they do, well, Garrett might be replaced and Ryan’s hopes for a head coaching job will be delayed. Can the Dallas Cowboys make it to the Super Bowl? I don’t know, but that’s my fantasy.